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Letters

  • Development will hasten Sunset Beach/Bird Island ecosystem damage

    To the editor:

    Once again, I feel compelled to voice my opposition to the development of the west end of Sunset Beach, led by developer Sammy Varnam, and now it appears the town planning board, too. For those who may not know, a barrier island helps to protect the mainland from storms, provides varied estuaries for wildlife and is always changing.

  • Sunset Beach needs better mosquito control plans

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Hall claims they have not had enough complaints to spray for mosquitoes. If memory serves, this is the same excuse they used last year. I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but it seems to me the town should have a regular schedule of spraying such as it had years ago. They should be proactive, not reactive.

  • Sunset Beach spends money irresponsibly

    To the editor:

    I just received my tax bill for Brunswick County and Sunset Beach and was shocked to see the amount my taxes increased in one year. Sunset Beach tax increased $168, or an increase of 51 percent. This is from a town whose board said we were financially sound and no additional taxes would be needed.

  • Stupid sign for stupid drivers

    To the editor:

    Just south of the Thomasboro Road intersection at U.S. 17, there’s a sign that reads “Vehicle Entering Highway” with flashing yellow lights when that occurs. Farther south is the intersection of Hickman Road and U.S. 17. It is assumed that vehicles traveling south on U.S. 17 are going to slow down when the lights are flashing to be on the lookout for stupid drivers coming from Hickman Road entering U.S. 17 South or crossing the highway over the median to go north on U.S. 17.

  • Support Sunset Beach summer concert series

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach summer concerts on Wednesday nights are definitely the place to be.

  • Tech support specialist works to deliver superior service

    To the editor:

    For the last 19 years, we have had several issues with our phone service, broadband service and DSL service.

    Whether it was because of the weather or the old wiring in our 20-year-old house or just because of natural environments, ATMC was never really able to zero in on the problems.

  • Help support our student musicians

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Concert Band is a group of amateur and professional musicians who maintain a wind ensemble to perform around the county in the tradition of community brass bands of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Our common bond is our love to perform challenging music for the public’s enjoyment. We also encompass the Brunswick Big Band, a smaller group of musicians dedicated to the Big Band sound of the Dorsey/Miller/Goodman era of the 1930s and ‘40s.

  • Consider drug testing our elected officials

    To the editor:

    Regarding Congressman David Rouzer’s guest column in last week’s edition, I fail to see how Rouzer’s “common sense” bill would prepare welfare recipients for employment or give them a better opportunity to succeed or would help break the cycle of dependency.

  • Reefer madness, or The Grim Reefer?

    To the editor:

    None of us would like to tumble from an otherwise stellar career in the ignoble way Huey Marshall has. His sudden obligatory retirement has stunned many. While the populace is voicing mixed sentiments, I want to thank him for taking care of our convoluted and prickly county business during the last two decades.

  • Planetarium draws visitors to Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    At a June 16 Sunset Beach Town Council workshop, Councilman Lou De Vita questioned the effectiveness of the Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association’s (SBBMA) campaign to attract tourists. He chose to cite the SBBMA’s posting of the programs at Ingram Planetarium on its website as an example of ineffective spending.

    I leave it to the SBBMA to justify its overall program, but De Vita’s statements imply the programs offered at Ingram Planetarium have no effect on attracting visitors to Sunset Beach. I disagree.